Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

             Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm                       

March 25 – A Hard Look on Super Tuscans $125 

What exactly does the name Super Tuscan mean? From the use of international varieties to the rebels of their respective regions, we’ll take a closer look into what gave them their claim to fame.

MONTEVERTINE, TOSCANA ROSSO, 2013
FONTODI, “DINO,” 2013
POGGIO ANTICO, “MADRE,” 2012
VECCHIE TERRE DI MONTEFILI, 2010
POLIZIANO, “LE STANZE,” 2011

 

April 1 – Barrel Size Does Matter – $60

Although there are many innuendos that can be made about this class, when it comes to wine making, this is no joke. Bigger isn’t always better and smaller barrels definitely pack a bit more flavor, but all of this is dependent on the flavor profile a producer is trying to achieve, and in some cases what may just be better for the grape.

CONTADI COSTALDI, “ROSATI BRUT” NV

RONCUS, RIBOLLA GIALLA, 2015

INAMA, “VIGNETI DI FOSCARINO,” 2014

BURLOTTO, FREISA, 2015

ODOARDI, TERRA DAMIA, 2013

 

April 8 – Nebbiolo vs Sangiovese – $75

 This is the classic battle of which grape is the king of Italian wine. While older vintages of both of these wines become harder to differentiate, these wines in their youth have clear and distinct differences.

MONTEZEMOLO, LANGHE NEBBIOLO, 2015

CASTELL’ IN VILLA, CHIANTI CLASSICO, 2012

ROAGNA, LANGHE ROSSO, 2011

CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA, 2002

ROVELLOTTI, “CHIOSO DEI POMI,” 2008

 

April 15 – Under the Tuscan Sun – $60

 From Chianti, to Super Tuscans, to the amazing wines of Montalcino, Tuscany has made some of the best wines Italy has to offer. We’ll be taking a look into what each distinct region brings to the table and how these wines have risen to the top.

MONTENIDOLI, “FIORE,” 2014

GUADO AL TASSO, VERMENTINO, 2015

POLIZIANO, VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, 2013

ALTESINO, ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, 2014

TERRENO, CHIANTI CLASSICO, RISERVA, 1996

 

April 22 – ‘Tis The Season  – $60

That’s right! It’s getting warmer (finally) and rosé season is upon us! We will be guiding you through how rosé is produced and showcasing different grapes used to make this amazing style of wine that is perfect for the spring.

SCACCIADIAVOLI, ROSATO BRUT, NV

BASTIANICH, REFOSCO ROSATO, 2016

LE FRAGHE, BARDOLINO, 2015

FONDO ANTICO, “APRILE,” 2015

MUSTO CARMELITANO, AGILANICO ROSATO, 2015

 

 

April 29 – The Versatility of Nebbiolo – $140

Nebbiolo is easily one of the most well-known names when it comes to Italian wine, yet not many people have come to realize the expanse and versatility that it has. Here we take a look into the different region and styles that Nebbiolo has shown up in to prove this point.

TREDIBERRI, NEBBIOLO ROSATO, 2016

FERRANDO, CAREMA, “ETICHETTA BIANCA,” 2012

ANTONIOLO, GATTINARA, “OSSO S. GRATTO,” 2009

BRUNO ROCCA, BARBARESCO, “COPAROSSA,”2008

ODDERO, BAROLO, BRUNATE, 2008

 

 

          
    Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

March 28 – Back to the Basics 

Want to know how that grape went from vine to wine? Here we will go through the specific method of how wine is made, and show off some different producers that accentuate different steps throughout the process.

ANTICA FRATA, FRANCIACORTA, NV
KETTMEIR, MULLER THURGAU, 2015
MUSTO CARMELITANO, AGLIANICO ROSATO, 2015
BURLOTTO, LANGHE ROSSO, 2015
BAGLIO DI GRISI, SYRAH, 2015      

 

April 4 – More Austrian Than Italian 

These producers’ names may not sounds like it, but we are definitely still in Italy. We will be taking a closer look at a region in Italy that many say is sometimes more Austrian than it is Italian; Trentino-Alto Adige. From Riesling to Lagrein, we’ll show how this neighboring region has affected Italian culture and wine.

TIEFENBRUNNER, GEWURZTRAMINER, 2015

ELANA WALCH, PINOT BIANCO, 2015

KOFERERHOF, RIESLING, 2014

ROENO, TEROLDEGO, 2015

MARINUSHOF, “ZWEIGELT,” 2015

 

April 11 – Landlocked

 From Umbria to Lombardia, there are some regions though Italy that don’t quite have access to water or a coastal climate. Here we’ll discuss how their specific soil type and climate affect the wines being produced in these landlocked regions.

PAVESE, BLANC DE MORGEX, 2015

SAN MICHELE, INCROCIO MANZONI, 2014

BUSSOLETTI, “NARNI,” 2015

ROSSET, SYRAH, 2015

SANDRO FAY, “CARTERIA,” 2012

 

April 18 – Sustainable Producers

 It may be a current trend hitting the wine market right now, but for Italians, sustainable practices are how they’ve always made wine. From biodynamic to naturalists, these producers showcase special techniques throughout their vineyards and cellars to create their wines.

TERRE BIANCHE, PIGATO, 2015

SAN LORENZO, “VIGNETTO DELL OCHE,” 2014

ODDERO, BARBERA, 2013

ROAGNA, LANGHE ROSSO, 2011

PACINA, TOSCANA ROSSO, 2011

 

April 25 – Obscurity At Its Finest

Italy’s wine scene isn’t exactly as well understood as some other regions of the world. In this class we’ll be tasting some of the more obscure wine regions and grapes that even the most experienced Italian wine drinker may not have tasted or even heard about.

LIBRANDI, CIRO BIANCO, 2015

BISSON, CIMIXIA, 2014

RONCHI DI PIETRO, SCHIOPETTINO, 2014

FEUILLET, CORNALIN, 2014

PALA, CANNONAU, RISERVA, 2013

  

 

 

Information 

Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice. Though we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 6 guests in our public wine classes, private wine classes are available for groups of 6-24. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions

If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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